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TATIANA “LADYMAY” MAYFIELD

Saturday, March 18, 2017
8:00 PM
(doors open @ 7:30 PM)
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The Arts Council
Smithgall Arts Center



Series Ticket: $125 (includes all 5 performances in series)
Individual Performance Ticket: $30; Table of 6 $125

7% tax added to all ticket sales

 

 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

TATIANA “LADYMAY” MAYFIELD

 

THE ARTS COUNCIL SMITHGALL ARTS CENTER
8PM
(doors open at 7:30PM for seating)
Series Ticket: $125 (includes all 5 performances in series)
Individual Performance Ticket: $30; Table of 6 $125
7% tax added to all ticket sales

We are currently sold out of tickets to this event. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please call us at 770.534.2787. We typically have additional seats available in the atrium on the night of the performance, and will be able to seat you as seats become available.

 

“Refreshing and beautiful” is how many have described the voice and persona of Tatiana “LadyMay” Mayfield, a jazz vocalist, musician, and educator from Fort Worth, Texas. “LadyMay” has been singing and playing jazz music since the tender age of thirteen. Since then, she has performed in various venues and festivals throughout the U.S., earning her rave reviews from listeners and musicians in addition to numerous awards.

In July of 2013, Tatiana “LadyMay” Mayfield, a 26- year old native Texan, stepped off an airplane and found herself in London’s Heathrow Airport. It was hard for her to believe, but her hard work and pure talent had paid off following a Kickstarter campaign, countless concerts and gigs as fundraisers, and constant plugging of her latest album, a masterpiece called “A Portrait of LadyMay.”

In the fall of 2012, loyal fans watched LadyMay’s social media accounts intently as the song “Real” from “A Portrait of LadyMay climbed to the #1 slot on the “UK Soul Chart.” It was time. Tatiana LadyMay Mayfield had arrived.

Her first tour, LadyMay in the UK, was a success. For nearly a week, LadyMay and her band were widely received on London’s top radio stations and popular performance venues. It’s no surprise the tour was a hit. LadyMay’s fan base is growing daily and she has a following worldwide, with listeners in Switzerland, Germany, Nigeria, Brazil and France.

Jazz lovers relish the fact that LadyMay is keeping the genre alive. Scott Yanow, jazz journalist, describer her voice on her first album as “attractive with excellent elocution.”

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

LadyMay doesn’t take her career for granted and soaks up moments when she is able to be surrounded by influential jazz artists.  In October of 2010, LadyMay was chosen to be one of the 12 semi-finalists in the Thelonious Monk Competition held at the Smithsonian Museum of the Native American in Washington, DC.  She sang before an all-star vocal jazz panel of Al Jarreau, Dianne Reeves, Patti Austin, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Kurt Elling.  The experience is one that she truly cherishes.

“I got a chance to meet jazz greats Herbie Hancock, George Duke, Wayne Shorter and T.S. Monk. Also at the hotel I got to meet Esperanza Spalding, Gretchen Parlato and Tierney Sutton. It was crazy!”

She has also opened for other well-known artists such as Kirk Whalum, Randy Brecker, Dave Valentin, Bobbi Humphrey and “The Main Ingredient”.

How she became “LadyMay”

LadyMay constantly gets questions about the story behind her stage name and why she wears a flower in her hair for every performance. She says her pianist/composer friend Darwin Martin started calling her “LadyMay” every time he saw her. Before she knew it, everyone else was calling her “LadyMay” and it stuck. (This was a couple of years after From All Directions was released). In a sense it’s a tribute to Billie Holiday, who was known similarly as “Lady Day”.

LadyMay has recorded two albums, From All Directions (2009) and A Portrait of LadyMay
(2012). The first album From All Directions was recorded while she was still attending the University of North Texas, where she received her degree in Jazz Studies. Jazz journalist Scott Yanow described her voice on her debut album From All Directions (2009) as “attractive” with “excellent elocution” and a “joyful spirit”. On her latest albumA Portrait Of LadyMay (2012), Harvey Siders, former writer of JazzTimes and Downbeat magazines, describes her intonation as “flawless” and her scatting “as natural as breathing.” In addition to her vocal skills, she plays piano, trombone, composes, and teaches voice and music theory. Currently, she is working on her third album, The Next Chapter.

LadyMay’s appeal has also reached listeners abroad in the UK, Switzerland, Germany,
France, Nigeria, and Brazil. Her music has been featured on several international radio stations such as “Solar Radio”, “Jazz FM”, “Tropical FM”, and “Premier Gospel Radio” in the UK, “RJM Radio” in France, and “Smooth 98.1” in Nigeria. In November 2012, her song “Real” from A Portrait of LadyMay reached #1 on the “UK Soul Chart”. In July of 2013, she completed her first tour (LadyMay in the UK) to London where she was widely received on radio, as well as at some of their top performance venues including Ronnie Scott’s, Pizza Express in Soho, and the Flyover Portobello. UK-based record store “Soul Brother Records” labeled “A Portrait Of LadyMay” as one of their “Best New Jazz Releases of 2013”. In January of 2014, LadyMay won the “Best Vocalist of the Month” competition for “SingerUniverse.com” for her song “It’s Over Now”. As an educator, she is an adjunct professor at Cedar Valley College in Lancaster, TX teaching commercial voice and with their commercial voice ensemble. She is also a private voice instructor at Lone Star Music Academy in Flower Mound, TX.

What’s next?

LadyMay knows one thing for sure: She will continue to create music--her way. She wants her fans to share in her passion for what she calls “the evolution of jazz”.

“I feel like jazz is very much alive, it’s just different now… It’s evolving; fusing into other things. It’s fusing into your pop music, your R&B soul, your rock, whatever. There’s just a lot of fusion going on.”

 

 

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